Dear Department of Transportation Commissioner Trottenberg:
As momentum continues to build for the creation of a desperately needed congestion pricing program in Manhattan's Central Business District, now more than ever, our City need to address the prevailing issue of suburban commuters dumping their cars in our neighborhoods, only to transfer to the subway on their way downtown.
For too long, suburban commuters have taken advantage of free street parking in Northern Manhattan and crowded out the people who actually live in our neighborhoods. Manhattan is already facing a suffocating congestion crisis that is hurting our economy, threatening the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and poses a danger to our environment.
Whether you live in Washington Heights or the Upper East Side, suburban commuters are increasingly dumping their cars in the morning on their way downtown, a problem that will be severely exacerbated with congestion pricing on the horizon.
We can’t afford to continue as one of the only big cities in America that doesn’t have a residential parking permit system--this policy is long overdue.
To reduce the number of vehicles from Jersey and elsewhere clogging our local streets, I strongly urge you to create a residential parking permit program in Upper Manhattan as called for in Council Member Levine’s legislation.